*** It Could Not Be Revealed Until Now ***
Chapter 1 - (Excerpt)
Objective and Design
If we assembled all the books, publications and commentaries written about the Trinity over the centuries into one place, they probably would fill any library in the land. The Trinity doctrine ranks as one of the most controversial, yet least understood subjects in history. Many of the various world belief systems teach their followers that the Trinity expresses three Gods. For the most part, it is considered a mystery not only to society but also to the Christian. Out of all the world religions, Christianity alone recognizes the Trinity as truth. Throughout the ages scholars and theologians sought to know the mystery of the Trinity, but to no avail. That reality brings us to the following set of questions: Did God purposely keep this biblical truth hidden from us? Should this vital Christian doctrine forever carry a stigma that makes it an everlasting secret? Or, was the Trinity ever a true mystery after all?
This book will answer those questions leaving no doubt that the Trinity is not, nor was ever a real mystery. Also, the answers provided will be realistic and explore the processes of events that made it happen, including the various Scripture passages to validate everything as accurate. In all things concerning the Trinity and the volumes written on the subject, if Scripture does not uphold every detail examined, it is only man’s interpretation. After assessing the evidence presented throughout this book, we shall find that the mystification behind the Trinity hinged on the fact that God never revealed His Trinity it to anyone until these last days.
Consider the legendary account of how Saint Patrick dealt with the issue. In an attempt to project a picture of the Trinity to an outdoor church gathering, Patrick struggled for answers and found himself at a loss for words. Suddenly looking down, something caught his eye. Within the meadow, he spotted a shamrock. Picking it up, he proceeded to give this comparison. The three leaves on the stem symbolized the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The stem of the shamrock represented the one, God. At the time, Patrick’s speculation seemed reasonable considering what he had to use. However, it provided little insight or substance to answer the many questions designed to put the so-called mystery to rest.
More recently, present-day preachers have endeavored to explain the Trinity by attempting other versions of analogies. One such preacher provided this example, "The best way to explain the Trinity is to compare it to an egg, whereas the shell signifies God the Father, the yoke represents God the Son and the white depicts God the Holy Ghost." In a separate setting, another preacher donated a different version comparing the Trinity to the three stages of water. He illustrated the liquid as the Father, ice represented the Son, and steam symbolized the Holy Ghost.
Perhaps these illustrations seem familiar, yet they represent only a sampling of the many examples attempting to explain the Trinity. Could analogies be the only way to disclose the Trinity? These ideas seem very reasonable, especially to those who believe the Trinity shall forever remain a mystery. As these examples suggest and after centuries of seeking for answers, most theologians and scholars share a common view that the Trinity is an inconceivable mystery. Thus, if the majority of the Church leaders have reached that conclusion, it would seem logical for the layperson to maintain that same opinion. The real truth is, as this study shall bring to light, factual answers actually do exist and have been there all along. However, to authenticate those answers, we must first establish several factors, so no question of doubt remains in the hearts and minds of the skeptic. Those issues will supply practical solutions to serve as the basis for transforming the Trinity from an incomprehensible mystery into complete apprehension.
The Scriptures we uncover along the way will leave no doubt as to the authenticity of the Trinity. They shall answer any, and every question used to discredit the Trinity over the years. Even so, someone might ask, "If these biblically verifiable answers do exist, why has no one else found them until now?" Perhaps the most problematic issue most people do not consider is the systematic processes of the Bible. Those techniques provide details of how God works to convey His Word to us via times past, present and future. Each happening in the Bible allows for the progression of the next event to occur in the order God so designed for it to take place. For example, the creation in Genesis would not fit in Revelation, nor locating the New Testament before the Old. Also, God did not reveal the mystery of grace in the Old Testament but gave it to Paul in his day. Now fast forward 2000 years to our day filled with a vast variety of technology. Within technology resides the answer needed to provide the solutions for the Trinity. Remember, it is still within God’s timing and not that He kept any secrets from us. The Bible did not conceal the Trinity from us, because every Scripture verse is open for our eyes to see. However, God did provide for it to be revealed at the perfect place to fit—in His timing,
The Trinity is the central teaching of Christianity. If Jesus were not God in the flesh, Christians would worship an imperfect mortal or another form of being. If Jesus were a mere man, His lineage would originate from Adam and thereby be subjected to sin. If He were an angel or another type being, he would not qualify as the deliverer to redeem humanity from its sins. For that reason, many still cannot conceive of a God who declared Himself as the One God. It is hard for some to vision how God became a human being, live on earth and died as a man. Therefore, various arguments have been submitted to reject the Trinity. A popular stance concerns the omission of the word Trinity from the Bible. Another view challenges the exclusion of Jesus’ name in the Old Testament. Still, others point out that the word Trinity did not exist until years after Christ was on earth. Some also allege that Scripture writings contain inaccuracies. While the first such charges may be correct, we find that the Bible does not contain contradictions or errors.
Trinity and Life:
The word Trinity generally depicts a portrait of God and His Godhead. However, another image must also share the limelight, and it regards the subject matter called life. When God laid out His design for mankind, He based it upon that concept.
Where the Bible mentions predestination, it is through God’s divine foreknowledge of how each person would choose the outcome for their existence through their free-will. Predestination, therefore, refers to God’s ability to perceive what destiny each entity would choose during their time on earth. By knowing that choice, God carefully preordained each life to fit within a far-reaching blueprint of His long-range objective. He designated every individual to exist at the right time and place in history. The following passage from the book of Acts provides insight into this course of action:
"And (God) hath made of one blood (Adam) all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation." (Acts 17:26)
Many individuals view the Trinity by using definitions or explanations instead of the perspective called life. The view by definition declares that there is one Lord God who manifests Himself in three separate, but distinct entities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Since both Jesus and the Holy Ghost derive from the Father and not of or from themselves provides further reason to substantiate there is only one God and not three as some maintain. To view the Trinity in the same way as life is to observe the Father as the source of all life, and yet observe Jesus as the source of eternal life and the Holy Spirit as the one who sustains life. As a result, it is much easier to understand the dynamics of the Trinity by illustrating it through the viewpoint of life instead of definitions and explanations.
Even though the word Trinity or the name Jesus is not mentioned outright in the Old Testament, many passages therein allude to them in one way or another. Could it be a mere coincidence that the very first verse in the first chapter of the first book of the Bible (Genesis 1:1) is indicative of the Father? In the very next verse we find the Spirit (Holy Ghost) and in the third verse, the Son (Jesus). Verse 1:26 in the same chapter is suggestive of the full Godhead. (Genesis 3:15) points to the first coming of Jesus and verse 3:22 once again references the Godhead.
Coincidence or not, sprinkled throughout the Old Testament are indications of the Godhead, and in particular the Son, without the actual mention of the name Jesus or word Trinity. It is not mere happenstance that the words Jesus and Trinity are nonexistent in the Old Testament. The following New Testament passage shows the purpose for their omission:
"But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory." (1 Corinthians 2:7)
This verse displays an excellent reason why the Old Testament did not mention outright Jesus’ name. We find that this is a mystery God premeditated before the world began. The princes of this world refer to Satan and his hordes. It is a clear indication that the ones who instituted the crucifixion were the demonic forces of this world. Therefore, the devil would have recognized Jesus’ purpose in the New Testament, by seeing His name mentioned in the Old Testament. If the devil knew of God’s plan to send Jesus to earth to die for the sins of the world, the crucifixion would not have taken place without which there would be no redemption.
What Paul wrote in the epistle of Romans depicts perhaps an even better reason for omitting the words Jesus and the Trinity. It attests to the fact that God purposely kept these things secret to be revealed in the time it was meant to happen—in the age of grace:
"Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which…kept secret since the world began. But is now made manifest…." (Romans 16:26&27)
In the gospel of John, Jesus was instructing Pilate concerning truth, which prompted Pilate to inquire, "What is truth?" Jesus answered that question earlier in a prayer to His Father on behalf of His Apostles. He said, "Sanctify them through Thy truth;" and added, "Thy Word is Truth." On that basis, the Bible represents the primary source for information contained in this book. It includes essential truths that God handed down concerning man’s purpose, his goals; his past, present, and future and how to deal with every situation in life. The Old Testament segment includes the same Holy Scriptures shared by the religion of Judaism. The New Testament is unique only to Christianity. Many consider the Bible as the only absolute in the world because it has withstood time and testing throughout history and in prophecy.
Most everything in life requires learning, training, and schooling. No one would attempt to pilot a passenger jet without understanding the instructions and knowledge of the controls. In the same way, it would be unwise to go about life on earth without any directives to follow. Thankfully that was not the case. God provided clear and firm guidelines so we could enjoy an enriched and purposeful existence. Even so, His intentions demanded that we not only read and understand but also heed and apply those principles to avoid the pitfalls of life. Only by obeying the rules can we overcome the problems and challenges we face daily. If we seek for answers in the wrong places, we should expect to encounter difficulties. (Romans 3:4) states, "...let God be true, but every man a liar…." We must be realistic about what constitutes factual answers and seek them from God’s viewpoint and not man’s. The Bible is of a validating nature that along with the following passage provides the assurance it shall always remain the same. Jesus said: "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away" (Matthew 24:35). This promise of Jesus was made over 2000 years ago and try as they have to do away with it, His Word is still with us today.
What about Errors?
A careful study of the Bible is required to absorb its instructions properly. The Word itself declares, "Study to show thyself approved unto God…." It would be unfitting for God to fill the Bible full of errors when He told us it was a book to study carefully. Could it truly be trusted if it contained even one error?
Moreover, if one inaccuracy existed in the Bible, would it not be possible to find another? To further compound the situation, which passage has a flaw and which is okay? Who therefore is to say this or that is an error—are we the judge of wrongs in the Bible? Can we pick and choose what we want according to how we interpret what it says? As a result, we believe the Bible contains and is the source of all Truth. We shall find full justification behind those beliefs as we progress in our study.
Sometimes Bible passages appear to the secular mind as lies or contradictions. Several indicators provide clues to why this may take place. Some Scripture passages may have dual meanings in which another segment will explain further events. Disagreements may sometimes occur because all the transactions did happen. Problems then arise because the reader cannot correlate the details to their satisfaction. The Bible describes itself as a holy Book designed for the spiritually minded. The secular mind is not in tune with spiritual expressions because they sometimes appear as foolishness to him (1 Corinthians 1:18-25). The result puts the reader at odds with the divine truths of the Bible.
When someone attempts to make what he or she reads from a private interpretation, the reader will likely encounter difficulty. There is a definite distinction between someone reading Scripture from a secular perspective and another employing a spiritual approach. One applies a personal justification, while the other imparts a disclosure as provided by the Spirit of God.
We may endeavor to use our wisdom, but only God can interpret His Word. The Bible concerns the believer and those who desire to become believers. It is only through God’s Spirit that we can attain true revelation, especially those passages involving doctrinal significance such as the Trinity.
Reading the Bible from a worldly view or by any means is good. However, it is essential for a non-believer to be aware that all spiritually minded readers came from a secular viewpoint at one time. Therefore, to make the Bible come alive for the reader, it is a necessity to enter into a spiritual line of approach, When an individual receives Christ as their Lord and Savior, they also receive the gift of the Holy Spirit who dwells within the heart of that person. The third Person of the Trinity interprets God’s Word within the believer. As (1 Corinthians 2:10) states, "God hath revealed them (the things in the Bible) unto us by His Spirit: For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." A secular analysis develops misinterpretation, which creates errors, confusion, and unbelief. The next verse verifies this concern:
"But the natural (secular) man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." (1 Corinthians 2:14)
The above passage highlights how receiving the Spirit of God enables the reader to receive revelation concerning God’s Word. The natural man has yet to receive the Spirit of God. As a result, doctrinal truths will seem foolish to him even though he may believe he interprets rightly. In reality, he is unable to discern the meaning of the message expounded within from a valid spiritual viewpoint.
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